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charged with the shooting deaths of two men in montgomery county. we have the latest as investigators search for a motive. >> frightened passengers and react to reports that two planes landed at reagan national yesterday without the help of air traffic controllers. >> remembering and entertainment icons. elizabeth taylor is gone. the lasting legacy that she leaves behind around the world and in our area. "good morning washington at 5:00 a.m." begins now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> it is 5:00. good morning, washington. i am alison starling. >> good morning iambs and a simpson. we begin with traffic and
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weather every ten minutes. -- i am cynee ssimpson. some patchy fog and rain should clear out by midday. get ready for a little sunshine, but temperatures below average. showers are beginning to break apart to the west of us across front royal and winchester and martinsburg. we could see a little sleet to the north of us for the next couple hours or so, not a point to amount to a lot. lingering morning showers give way to a gradual clearing 47-52 degrees. the extended outlook in a few minutes. now to lisa baden with traffic. looks good on 66 and 95 and the beltway. overnight work on 95. 270, 95 in and out of baltimore looks good between frederick and
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the beltway. nothing complicated out of southern maryland. the pavement is dry. that will change. there is a complication in landover maryland. inner loop, the first exit for 50 the exit ramp closed because of the crash. two murders two days and two blocks apart. >> this morning a suspect is in custody and charged with the deaths of two men in olney. the accused killer is due to appear in district court in rockville later today. if brianne carter is standing by with details. good morning. >> good morning. the suspect is expected to face a judge later today. authorities tell us the suspect was the next-door neighbor of one of the victims. 35-year-old rohan goodlett faces two counts of first-degree murder in connection with two crimes that happen and just days apart in this usually quiet community.
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>> when i heard his name on the news i was in shock. i am happy that he was caught. >> police alleged last friday he shot and killed his neighbor, 81-year-old nazir ahmed. three days later he gunned down 41-year-old punyasara gedara while he was walking home from his job. ballistics tests and evidence found inside the suspect's house through the same gun and bullets were used in both homicides. >> the whole thing is disturbing. >> at the time of the homicide, he was on conditional release after having been found not criminally responsible for a 2008 crime due to his mental status. some people question whether someone should of been keeping a closer eye on him. >> he was supposed to be monitored and slipped through the cracks. the results are beyond hideous. >> the agency monitoring that
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case says that they will now conduct a review. investigators are still searching for a motive in the case and a link between the two victims. the suspect will appear before a judge later today. brianne carter, abc 7 news. an autopsy will be conducted today on a body found in a dumpster in woodbrige. the human remains were discovered inside the dumpster on bayside avenue after a fire was reported. when firefighters put out the flames before found the body. police spent the night canvassing for information and handing out fliers. investigators cannot tell if the victim is a man or a woman. a 15-year-old girl accused of killing a d.c. high school students will be back in court today. she is charged with killing 18- year-old gary gordon at a southeast apartment on sunday. earlier this week the garrelts
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said that she was playing with the gun when she accidentally shot him. and maryland senator what pepco held accountable for power outages. barbara allowsbarbara mikulski is asking for stronger liability standards. she says the frequent blackouts are serious safety issue. following some breaking news. the faa is investigating allegations that an air-traffic controller was sleeping on the job at reagan national airport 20 bill commercial pilots tried to land. pamela brown joins us with details. >> there's still a lot unfolding in this story. this morning the ntsb confirms that pilots from the data separate flights are not able to make contact with the air traffic controller at reagan national airport in the early morning hours on wednesday. that is because there was only one air traffic controller
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inside the tower. the supervisor allegedly fell asleep while on duty. an american airlines pilot could not reach air-traffic control, so the pilot from miami was forced to call a regional center for clearance 15 minutes later. a united flight from chicago safely landed at reagan national through other means not with the air traffic controller at reagan national. this raises questions about controller fatigue, a longstanding concern among people in the industry. >> it scares me a little. i would like to think i would not be asleep at the wheel. >> i would hope they would put new procedures into place so this would never happen again. >> too many things could happen that they would not be paying attention. >> the transportation secretary
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has asked the faa to put two air traffic controllers on duty during the midnight shift and he has asked the faa to look into these issues at other airports across the country. the faa is investigating and we hope to learn more today. pamela brown, abc 7 newest. 5:07. we turn to the crisis in libya. nato jets patrolling the coastline to enforce the arms embargo. coalition forces launched another round of air strikes over the capital of tripoli. under pressure from congress, president obama says the u.s. will reduce its involvement to a support role in the next few days. 5:07, 41 degrees. >> still ahead a brutal attack on a woman and five children. a husband and father is facing charges. >> lindsay lohan returns to court again.
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does she make a decision that will keep her out of jail? and anothe
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good morning. thanks for waking up with us.
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time for a check of traffic and weather every ten minutes. >> steve rudin is standing by with the latest on the weather. i wish i had a better forecast in terms of milder temperatures. the good news is we will see a little sunshine later this afternoon. temperatures are chilly at 39 in gaithersburg and all the rain from last night is well to the east. there is a system moving across front royal and winchester. we expect this to break apart over the next few hours or so. i cannot rule out a chance of a few wet snowflakes to the north and west of the dc metro. not expecting accumulation. a little patchy fog at 9:00 in the morning temperatures in the mid to upper 40's. maybe it region around 50 degrees. sunshine to end the work week and the school week tomorrow. the weekend is coming up. the extended outlook in a few
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minutes. now to lisa baden. metro rail reporting normal service. u.s. park police have no problems to report. good on the george washington parkway and the suitland parkway. the issue is on the beltway in landover. the inner loop ramp to 50 east, the first exit that would take you to annapolis. there's a crash on the ramp. the beltway is open but that ramp toward annapolis is blocked. now to virginia, beautiful on 395 at duke street. back to you. >> thank you. 5:12 is the time 40 degrees. >> still to come, a controversial application that apple is pulling from its online store. and something to play golf like tiger woods. >> mayor vincent gray has had a
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rough start but what does the public thinks? >> an entertainer whose work spanned generations is now gone. a look at the life of elizabeth taylor and reaction from those who welcome back to geico radio, it's savings, on the radio. hello uh george and lin a! george: hello mr. gecko! linda: so, we're such hugeanans _ george: of yours...and would be really honored... linda: ...if you would marry us. me? linda: yea! you just seem so smart...so _ george: british sounding. i'm not really qualified to speak on matters of the heart. look i'll tell you this: when you insure more than one car geico you could save even more with our multi-car discount. iunow pronounce you...thrifty! geico. fifteen minutes could save qou fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
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check our top stories, the government is investigating reports an air-traffic controller at reagan national airport fell asleep on the job tuesday night. that forced two planes to land without clearance. the transportation secretary responded by ordering the faa to improve staffing on a late shift. a california father was arrested and tried in connection with a brutal attack on his family. authorities will not say why he attacked his wife and five children. his 16-year-old son died and the
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other victims are expected to survive. in tokyo bottled water is being distributed. residents rushed to stock up. the tap water had elevated radiation levels stemming from the crippled nuclear power plant. hollywood is morning one of its brightest stars. actress elizabeth taylor died early wednesday of congestive heart failure in los angeles. she was larger-than-life on- screen and off-screen. her fans followed her life as much as her career. >> you will assume this issue is before the throne. >> piercing eyes and a jet black hair, she was america's sweetheart for two generations. fans are finding it hard to believe elizabeth taylor is gone. >> she was like a family member to me. >> she captivated us on screen. a movie star from the age of 12, a veteran of more than 50 films.
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from national velvet to catch on a hot tin roof. >> why are you afraid of the truth. >> and cleopatra, in which she met one of her husband, richard burton. she did not hide her flaws off screen. >> i consume enormous amounts of alcohol. combined with pills, it was deadly. >> she was one of the first hollywood stars to speak openly with her battles with addiction and her weight and romances. in '76 to merit an aspiring politician from virginia, john warner. she helped him lay the foundation for 30-year career in the senate. >> thank you for all the heartfelt condolences you have expressed for this iconic figure. >> unbeknownst to many, she was instrumental in this country's
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response to hiv/aids. >> a clinic in the district is named after elizabeth taylor. she worked tirelessly to help remove the stigma of aids. a private funeral and will be held later this week. lindsay lohan will not plead guilty to a felony grand theft. she rejected the judge's offer to end the case early with a plea deal. her lawyer says the actress has a strong defense and is confident that he will win an acquittal. she is accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace, a jewelry store. playing golf like tiger woods is easier than ever. >> and what a new number one mobile carrier would mean for cell phone customers. rob nelson as those stories and more. >> ever since at&t announced its plan to purchase t-mobile usa there has been speculation on how it will affect existing customers. most attention has focused on what will happen to t-mobile
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users. but the merger could affect those with at&t as well. >> if at&t gets access to the t- mobile gsm network, phone service could work better than it does now. >>. federal regulators will be the ones to approve the deal. apple has removed software that had been provided by christian ministry to cure people of homosexuality. and there's a tiger woods application and he is donating his share to his foundation. helping you with your swing. traffic and weather every ten minutes. >> most of the rain is gone. but heavy rain from last night and the thunder is long gone. we have a little patchy fog
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outside and some showers. that may change to a little sleet to the north and west of us. not expecting significant problems. 41 at reagan national with a wind chill factor in the 30's. it feels like 36. children's hospital at 39 degrees. there's no rainfall since midnight. we have picked 0.18 in alexandria. 47 degrees in shenandoah. 44 in winchester, 48 in culpeper. temperatures down to the south in fredericksburg at 47 degrees. area of low pressure moving out. this is the last batch of showers. as we move through the hours, it breaks apart. that is great news. winchester, front royal culpeper, fredericksburg, look for light showers. you could see some sleet well-
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to-do north of d.c., no stimulation expected. lingering showers into the morning. gradual clearing this afternoon. 47-52 degrees. mainly clear tonight, mid to upper 20's. tomorrow, cherry blossoms near peak blooms. 47-52 degrees. it's going to be a silly weekend. it could be went on sunday with a sense of showers. temperatures will slowly be announced next week tour around 50 degrees. -- it could be wet on sunday with a chance of rain showers. let's get an update on the rush hour commute. the beltway in landover is getting busy. everyone will start to get distracted by an accident, in remote access for 50 east in balance, it is blocked because of an accident from overnight.
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there's a light volume. there's the closure of the exit ramp. traffic heading on the right side away from us is the outer loop. red lights are the inner loop side. -- headlights are the inner loop. back to you. >> thank you. 5:22, 41 degrees. >> the national's take a flier on a pitcher that never lived up to things in the big apple. >> today on "oprah," there are second chances in life. if you missed the australian adventure the first time, here's your chance, for clock on abc 7.
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25 points. scores. tis the game. " the night after getting blown out of the arena in portland, completely different woodland team was involved in the game in los angeles. it went into double overtime, but the end result was the same as the night before. they lost. >> john walsh did have a lot of points. the reserves will return back to d.c. after playing three more games. >> the national's signed oliver progress to a minor-league deal on wednesday. he will reunite with the team
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coordinator who was the pirates' pitching coach in 2004. that year perez was 12 and 10 a far cry from his recent struggles. the orioles visiting the twins in fort myers. this was a side for baltimore fans. vladimir clears the fence and a couple of palm trees. it was not enough. the twins beat them 5-2. there was a scare for the philadelphia pitcher. ramirez had a line drive and its hit him below the right ear. he went down quickly. affiliate's spokesperson said he did not have a concussion or is any serious damage, just a bruise. he walked off the field unassisted and drove himself to an area hospital. have a great day. 41 degrees outside.
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>> the news continues at 5:30. >> the clock is ticking. why you may have to hurry if you want to catch the cherry blossoms actor best. >> five nights of a no-fly zone. emily schmidt in washington. what the u.s. has done so far and why it wants to do less coming up. >> steve rudin in the belfort furniture weather center. a few scattered showers right now. grab the sunglasses because you will need them later on today and tomorrow. a
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live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> we called on the phone and nobody is answering.
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>> straight ahead an air- traffic controller allegedly asleep at the switch. the risky landings at reagan national and the federal investigation into what went wrong. good morning, washington. it is thursday, march 24. i am alison starling. >> glad you are waking up with us. i am cynee simpson. steve rudin has the forecast, first. >> looking at a few light showers and even some fog. that will come to an end this morning. gradual clearing in its place. rumbles of thunder late last night. that is well to the east of us. we have one little batch of showers from the west across front royal and bound for culpeper. eventually attracting fredericksburg. highs today only in the mid to
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upper 40's up to around 50. sunshine is on the way. details on the extended outlook in a few minutes. first, lisa baden. 81, route 11 looks good. looks good through marshall and into manassas. looks good on 95 between fredericksburg and springfield. a little foggy. traffic in springfield northbound is the headlights in this camera. now to news. the faa is investigating allegations that an air traffic controller fell asleep on the job at reagan national airport. >> two commercial flights try to contact the tower to land yesterday, but the pilots did not get a response. >> part of the incident was recorded. pamela brown joins us from the airport with more. >> good morning. the ntsb confirms that the pilots from two separate flights were not able to make contact
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with the tower at reagan national airport despite repeated calls for clearance. this latest incident has raised even more concerned about controller fatigue. now officials are speaking out. transportation secretary lahood says two air traffic controllers should be on duty during the overnight hours at reagan national airport now after a single controller at the tower allegedly nodded off while on duty early wednesday morning. >> american 1012, called a couple times on a landmine no answer. >> two flights landed without contacts from the air traffic control. first, an american airlines flights from miami with 97 people on board. the pilot was forced to reach out to the region's controller. >> is scarcely a little.
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i would like to think i would not be asleep at the wheel. >> then a united airlines flight from chicago safety landed with help from an air-traffic controller not at reagan national. the faa is investigating, saying that the faa is looking into staffing issues and whether its procedures were followed appropriately. aviation officials say it is not likely that the safety of those airplanes was at risk. this incident is very troubling for officials and passengers. the faa is investigating as well as the ntsb. still a lot unfolding in the story. we will keep you posted. reporting live at reagan national airport, pamela brown abc 7 news. breaking news from suitland, maryland. prince george's county police are on the scene of a deadly shooting. authorities tell us one person is dead and another is in the
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hospital in grave condition. this took place around 4:30 this morning in the 2900 block of victory lane. no word on a motive or suspect. monitoring a developing story from japan this morning. two workers at a crippled nuclear power plant are in the hospital. they were exposed to a dangerously high levels of radiation. a spokesperson for the fukushima dai-ichi plant said that the accident happens while they were laying electrical cable. two dozen workers have been hospitalized since the plant began leaking radiation. new details about the man charged with murdering two people in arlington -- in olney. rohan goodlett was arrested on monday. he has a history of mental illness. he was on conditional release after astounded not criminally responsible for a crime in 2008.
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the d.c. and a leader has been in office a couple months and even vincent gray says that he's had a lot of troubles in his administration. a poll found 31% of residents approve of his performance. 40% disapprove. he has been troubled by controversy over staff pay and allegations his campaign was involved in a pay for place team. -- pay for play scheme. bowman prep will set down at the end of the school year. it has 79 students in grades 5 through 8. there are hoping to have 130 by now. >> a lot of schools competing for the same students, difficult to stand out. >> it is very difficult and we hope to move on from this.
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>> in the next two weeks the school will host a community forum to help parents decide where to send their children instead. nato ships are patrolling off the libyan coast this morning after another night of air strikes from the u.s.-led coalition. president obama is facing new pressure from congress over the u.s. role in libya as the costs add up. emily schmidt is live in northwest with the latest. >> good morning. a week ago today the u.n. security council approved the resolution for no-fly zone in libya. that is in effect right now. right now, details about who will in force that are being worked out. this is following a fifth straight night of coalition air strikes. french fighter jets helped lead the last night. nato has activated ships and airplanes off the coast. so far the dark attacks have been led by the united states. president obama is set to meet
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with a security team today and he says the u.s. will reduce its involvement within days. mrs. clinton, when asked if the libyan leader will leave, said it is up to him and his people. some congressmen are asking the u.s. to explain our position in libya. one republican senator has called for congressional hearings. emily schmidt, abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. 5:37, 41 degrees. >> still ahead stormy spring start, wild weather wreaking havoc all across the country. >> chris brown's apology t our. after his meltdown, the pop star
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says that he is
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i am south run. in a little while the tidal basin will be transformed into a sea of pink and white blossoms. join us for the national cherry blossom festival.
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>> good morning, washington. 43 at dulles, 45 in annapolis, 47 in fredericksburg. reagan national at 41 with a wind chill factor in the 30's. bundle up as you head out the door. one final batch of rain beginning to break apart. this is well to the west of the d.c. metro. front royal, culpeper, fredericksburg, moving to the east. don't be surprised if you see a few snow flakes or sleet. 47-52 for the daytime high. tonight, mid to upper 20's. 47-52 tomorrow, with sunshine. let's get an update on traffic. the r e, marc rail, metro will reporting normal service. normal stock developing in virginia. first in maryland, landover,
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flashing lights from a complicated crash, inner loop ramps to to 50 east is closed due to a crash. virginia is good on 95 and 395. a little volume of traffic in fredericksburg, but the lanes are open. back to you. >> thank you. 5:42, 41 degrees. >> coming up, d.c.'s dids all. our phones cannot keep up. >> the code is mostly clear, but strong spring storms
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welcome back. checking our top stories at 5:45. there were tense moments when two planes could not get in touch with the control tower at reagan national. officials are looking at
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whether entrapped and controller fell asleep on the job late tuesday night. two planes landed safely. hollywood icon elizabeth taylor will be laid to rest later this week. the academy award winning actress died yesterday of congestive part failure. she is also known former stormy personal life and for raising money for aids research. she was 79. you will have to hurry if you want to see this cherry blossoms at their peak. the national park service says the peak blooms will be march 29 through april 1. it had been expected to last through april 3. you have to get out there. 5:46 is the time. a powerful spring storm system brought snow rain, and gusty winds and tornadoes to parts of the country. the threat is not over as the storm tracks to the northeast. now more on the damage left behind. >> neighborhoods in suburban pittsburgh or on apart by a reported tornado along with
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powerful winds and hail. the debris was tossed around in yards and roofs were torn off. there was a funnel cloud siding and a school was demolished. >> my wife and kids were scared to death. >> similar in nebraska and iowa. the twister hit mostly rural areas between omaha and twin cities leading houses and businesses in samples. >> the rise exploded. >> property owners wasted no time rebuilding. floodwaters rapidly rising in south dakota. the owner of the house says the flood water reached his front door in a matter of hours. >> of people said we should move but we love this house. >> northern wisconsin, 15 inches of snow fell. the michigan to north of pennsylvania the worked -- the roads were ddangerous
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because of winter weather. >> lucky if we don't get a snowstorm in april. >> a truck carrying 40,000 pounds of eggs crashed forcing twin cities commuters into a scramble. gusty wind with the middle of the country and made conditions favorable for the most daring in minnesota. the surf was up along the shores of lake superior. in the west, storm warnings are posted yet again just days after gnashed the conditions and knocked out power at yosemite national park. this could be the next round of march misery. abc news, los angeles. time for traffic and weather every ten minutes. >> it's going to improve. we had a rough night with thunderstorms and heavy rain. now there's a little fog and a few patches of drizzle with some sleet. overall, improving conditions
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over the next five hours, i promise. clearing by noon. temperature is 41 degrees with a wind chill factor of 36 at reagan national. it is 41 in fairfax. the rain fell before midnight which is why the rain gauge is empty. in northwest d.c., 40 degrees at wtop. 41 degrees in alexandria. 44 at winchester, 45 in quantico 45 in manassas. the satellite and radar shows heavy rain well off the coast. one small batch of rain right over here. it is beginning to fizzle out. doppler radar shows front royal down to culpeper and fredericksburg. raining there. it's dry in hagerstown, but don't be surprised if you see a few sprinkles. gradual clearing for the
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afternoon, 47-52. that is well below average this time of year. mainly clear skies overnight mid 20's, close to freezing around the district. tomorrow, mostly sunny, upper low 40's to low 50's. sallisaw on sunday. low 40's. by monday and tuesday, and temperatures will warm up to around 50 degrees. -- rain showers on sunday. nothing sneaky on the green way or the toll road or 66 or 95 in virginia. 95 in maryland is ok between washington and baltimore. 270 as a normal delay into "montgomery county focus" frederick. from southern maryland into southeast d.c. is good. metro rail, marc rail, virginia railway express have normal
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service. in landover, the inner loop ramp to 50 is closed. the crashes on the exit ramp to annapolis. back to you. >> thank you. 5:50. the washington nationals getting more valuable, but not toward the top of list. >> linda bell is that bloomberg headquarters with that and why you should be careful with what you do with your old cell phone. good morning. >> let's begin with the new york yankees. top spot at the rich's team in major league baseball. their values $1.7 billion. the washington national's value jumped 8%. putting them in 16th place. the pittsburgh pirates came in at the bottom of the list. we have troubling signs of inflation. it's not just food and energy prices going up.
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the cost of things like alcohol furniture, a restaurant meals public transportation and recreation expenses are on the rise as well. if you're getting a new cell phone, be careful with the old one. an international marketing firm says the majority of new cell phone contain extensive personal data from the previous owner leading you open to identity theft. that is business news. by that bloomberg headquarters in new york, linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. 5:52 on this thursday, 40 degrees. >> we will be right back.
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>> d.c. residents are very technology savvy. they use twitter and they use telephones a lot. another dubious distinction for the district. we have the most dropped calls the nation. there's a new report by a consumer group that says the nation's capital has the worst cell phone reception among the top 27 cellular markets. how bad? nearly one in five calls as some sort of problem or dropped altogether. why is it such a dead zone? still a mystery. at&t verizon, t-mobile, and sprint all have roughly the same
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number problem calls. it seems to me we have trouble in more secure areas like the pentagon and around the cia. >> i assumed it was the federal buildings. i thought it was intentional to make some of your calls drop. >> around that corner by the pentagon, i am like hello goodbye. >> i am warning people when i get ready to drive by the pentagon. >> 0 the pentagon, what do you know? after a temper tantrum on good morning america, a singer chris brown says that he is sorry, again. >> i apologize to anyone who sop this. i did not physically hurt anyone. i just wanted to release the anger. >> that is how he released his anger. brown made the comments last night on bet.
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during his interview with robin roberts on tuesday he was visibly annoyed by questions about his past with former girlfriend rihanna. abc crew members found a glass window in the dressing room shattered after he left the times square studio. brown may have dodged a bullet. abc is not pressing charges for the broken window. chris brown is asking his fans not to send any threatening messages to robin roberts. some of his fans are blaming her for sending him to that point of anger. >> no comment. 5:5
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captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> straight ahead on thursday morning, a neighbor charged with the shooting death of to the men in montgomery county. we have the latest as investigators search for a motive. >> frightened passengers react to reports that the bill planes landed at reagan national yesterday without the help of attractive controllers. >> remembering and entertainment icons. elizabeth taylor is gone. the lasting legacy she leaves behind around the world and in our area. "good morning washington" continues right now.